A 66-year-old man from Connecticut has multiple charges against him after allegedly hitting an SUV outside of a school. The man fled the scene after the accident, which occurred in the early afternoon on Jan. 10 as the owner of the SUV was picking up her children from school.
The vehicle had the passenger door open to allow the children to enter the vehicle. The man was driving a 1978 Ford Bronco. According to media sources, he approached the SUV, brushed against the woman and smashed the passenger door. No one was injured in the incident. The man stopped briefly before leaving the scene. Police used school surveillance and talked to local businesses to identify the male driver. The woman also remembered part of the license plate of the vehicle.
Police went to the man’s home where they found a Bronco that was consistent with the vehicle description and had damage. Upon speaking with the man, the police noted that he had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. He reportedly told police he had been drinking since the morning hours. He was detained on a warrant. He is being charged with driving under the influence, first-degree reckless endangerment, evading responsibility and failure to drive in a proper lane.
Those charged with a DUI often face serious consequences including hefty fines, license suspension or prison. An experienced DUI lawyer might be able to help by ensuring that police follow the proper procedures during the investigation. In this case, the DUI charges stem from the man’s confession and a blood alcohol test. The man may have confessed before being read his Miranda rights. If he wasn’t informed of his rights, the confession may be thrown out. It may be difficult to prove the exact time that the man began drinking as it could have been after the accident. The charges might then be reduced or dismissed.